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Italy: Naples Garbage Still Rots, Raises Health Concerns

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | 2 comments | May 21st, 2008 | Trackback

For months Naples has been living in a garbage heap because all dumps are full and there has been no place to haul away debris. Now the U.S. military is sampling tap water and soil for pesticides and other pollutants to gauge the health risks to its personnel of living in and around the city. Collectors stopped picking up trash in December and tons of garbage are blocking sidewalks and streets throughout the city and suburbs. The stench increases as the weather heats up and hoteliers have complained that tourists are canceling or leaving after arrival because of the smell. Doctors worry about the risks of dioxin from burning trash contaminating farm products. Already this year, mozzarella from near Naples was found to contain higher than permitted levels of dioxin.




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Desi | May 23rd, 2008 at 3:21 pm
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I’m Italian and I must admit that citizens here seem to sleep, they don’t care about their health and their future and policitians try (and are able) to catch the truth about their bad behaviour to obtain what they want, it surely doesn’t help people to awaken!!
To me it really is a nightmare, I’d like to shout that we’re stupid and we have to wake up and quickly!!
Thanks for your article, we can’t tell it in Italy, but at least we can do it abroad, so that the whole world be informed (I’m trying to do the same with my blog about Italy)!

Desi | May 23rd, 2008 at 3:27 pm
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I forgot to say that, if you need particular news from Italy (I mean “the truth” about some topics), I’m available stay in touch and even to cooperate.


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